Compassion: Healing Hurts, Building Hope

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

Everyone has been hurt.  In mind, body, and spirit we all have felt pain.  Our hearts have ached from: death of loved ones, broken promises, accidents, divorce, discrimination, abusive relationships, harmful self-made decisions, non-acceptance in school groups, deceit in the workplace, and illness … unfortunately, the list seems endless.  And the pain is endless unless we find healing.

 

God’s healing power provides the needed breakthrough.  Naming the Holy Spirit as Comforter and Counselor was Christ’s defining way for us to claim God’s presence as the way out of our sciatica of the soul.  

 

Embodying the Spirit, Christ enacted the meaning of comfort and counsel through His giving belonging-place for every hurting person. “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest” (Matt. 11:28) was Christ’s promise then and now.

 

Lepers received Christ’s healing touch.  Funeral services were interrupted by Christ’s resurrection power.  Mary of Magdala was relieved from her oppressive spiritual pain. Luke, the gospel writer, was touched by the healing grace of Jesus Christ and dedicated his life to tell the story of those days when God walked the earth as one of us to accomplish what we could not do for ourselves – provide healing for our souls as we put our trust in Him.

 

Luke’s record of Jesus’ words after Zacchaeus’ conversion explains – “Today salvation has come to this house … For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)

 

Christ’s life, death, and resurrection made salvation healing possible for a Jewish tax collector like Zacchaeus, a Greek physician like Luke, and sinners like you and me.

 

Following the Shepherd with you,

Pastor Les

 

“Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself.  This is the greatest gift anyone can give.”
-David R. Hawkins

 

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”

-David R. Hawkins

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 16 May, 2009 in Spirituality
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